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Jazz Gregory Porter, “Take Me to the Alley” (Blue Note). The similarity of Kurt Elling’s and Gregory Porter’s vocal timbre is going to make the next few weeks a prime period for male jazz singers in America. With new discs by new female jazz singers – often beautiful ones – seemingly released twice a week, male... Read More

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Jazz George Coleman, “A Master Speaks” (Smoke Sessions). The first time Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet – that is, the one with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams – played in Buffalo, it was at the Royal Arms and the tenor saxophonist was George Coleman, not Wayne Shorter, who later and most... Read More

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BluesProfessor Longhair, “Live in Chicago” (Orleans). Professor Longhair is a cornerstone of blues piano in America (the one labeled Gumbo piano). That’s why if you find any vintage “Fess” records where he plays and sings solo, you’re on to something precious. This live group recording from a folk festival in... Read More

By » Sunday, April 17, 2016

Jane Monheit, “The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald” (Emerald City) Wait a minute. Hold the phone here. A Jane Monheit disc produced by trumpet player Nicholas Payton? In other words, a Broadway-sounding version of a jazz singer collaborating with a player/producer from New Orleans known for fat-toned blistering... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Saturday, April 16, 2016

Santana did it for me. I could use this space to construct a much hipper image for myself. I could lie to you, and tell you that I heard the Stooges and the Ramones while simultaneously reading Lester Bangs’ cough syrup-addled scribblings in Creem Magazine. I could say I had an epiphany wherein the Lord appeared and... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Wednesday, April 13, 2016

JAZZ Sonny Rollins, “Holding the Stage: Road Shows Volume 4” (Doxy/Okeh) At first glance, you might be forgiven for any involuntary OMG reactions, you might have. Sonny Rollins may be 85 and still performing, but the idea of the octogenarian Rollins putting out a fourth volume of “Road Show” live recordings... Read More

Sunday, April 10, 2016

JazzJazz at the Philharmonic: The Ella Fitzgerald Set (Verve). The epitome of Jazz as Show Business – and Where It’s Contiguous With Art. Not to hear the adrenaline excitement of jazz at its purest here is to be entirely missing some ultra-American DNA. But so successful was this as show business in 1949, 1953 and 1954... Read More

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Soundtrack“Miles Ahead,” with music by Miles Davis, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Taylor Eigsti (Columbia Legacy).Make no mistake. There is a great deal of magnificent playing by Miles Davis on this record but it is absolutely not to be thought of as a Miles Davis record. It is keepsake of the music... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Sunday, April 3, 2016

Surrender, already. Why fight it? There is no finer power-pop band than Cheap Trick. “Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello,” (Big Machine Records) was released on April Fool’s Day, drives this point home with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer attacking soggy drywall. It’s a crusher. By marrying indelible... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, April 3, 2016

BLUES/POP Keb’ Mo, “That Hot Pink Album” (Kind of Blue/Red, two discs, to be released April 15). Don’t call Keb’ Mo (Kevin Moore to his mother) a blues man and expect that to mean much. Especially, not after hearing this two-disc live set of music from his life on tour throughout 2015. And as long as... Read More

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